DAMASCUS, (BM) – A few hours ago, during the next patrol along the M4 highway in Idlib, militants tried to attack a Russian-Turkish military patrol, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according local sources and citing news agencies Aviapro and Al-Masdar News.
Their attempt was blocked by Turkish troops, however, the Russian bombers were able to finally disperse the terrorists, who swept right over the heads of the militants, forcing the latter to seek shelter.
“Several Russian aircraft were seen in the sky above the Idlib governorate on Wednesday after a military patrol was blocked by a group of militants at the beginning of the day. Russian military aircraft, including their reconnaissance drones, flew over the M-4 motorway (Aleppo-Latakia highway) in areas where militant forces gathered repeatedly to prevent the Russian police from completing the planned patrols. The Russian military did not strike, but since Monday they have increased their presence in the sky above Idlib governorate. On Tuesday, a source from the Syrian armed forces told Al-Masdar News that the Russian armed forces conducted several reconnaissance flights this week to monitor militants who were gathering in different parts of the governorate. He added that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) expects a “green light” from Russia to resume its field operations in Idlib governorate,” the Al-Masdar News, an Arabic media outlet, said.
Experts note that in reality, the Russian ultimatum delivered to the militants expired a week ago, however, the terrorists only continue to strengthen their positions, their efforts with heavy Turkish armored vehicles and artillery.
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.
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